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News from Pangani

1 Aug

News from Pangani

Some news from our coastal project area just South of the Pangani river, in Kikokwe. A volunteer recently started a small vegetable garden by installing a drip-irrigation system out of locally available materials.  This garden is operating as a showcase for the community of Pangani, demonstrating how to improve the quality of people’s daily diet with very little investment.

Back home in the United Kingdom this volunteer is a teacher and with his memories still fresh he started collecting some lesson materials like pencils and coloring books which he sent to our ARF headquarters in Arusha. As soon as someone went out again to the school in Kikokwe, we handed over the materials to the primary school there. (more…)

Twin Peak Challenge 2010

15 Jul

Twin Peak Challenge 2010

Success is in the eyes and the minds of those who step forward and try! Our Twin Peak Challenge 2010 ended with complete success;  a big thanks to the Brad, Stuart and Team Leader Clare who kept the boys in check over the two week trek of Two peaks in Two weeks. The great news is that all three challengers reached both summits of Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro, and the donations and pledges raised will be utilized in the coming year to deliver in one form or another fresh drinking water to the Maasai community of Eselalei.

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The Maasai of Esilalei

4 Jun

The Maasai of Esilalei

Esilalei village has been a settlement since 1977 before which time the Maasai, it’s current occupants, lived a nomadic life. They still enjoy free access across the land, including across the country borders.

Nowadays, Esilalei village comprises over 500 people living in around 50 separate Bomas (traditional Maasai settlements), covering the area between Manyara lake and the mountain ranges running from the North-West to the East. (more…)

Bicycle maize grinders

15 Aug

Bicycle maize grinders

Mr Seymon Dukach, of Russian descent, grew up in Moscow, moved to USA at a young age and now lives in Boston. Successfully raised 3 daughters and several businesses, he thought he would dedicate his time to helping others and came up with his new business “Global Cycle Solutions“. (more…)

Community in charge

17 Dec

Community in charge

A clear example of our emphasis on community driven initiatives, as opposed to a top-down approach, is the problem of access to water in Eselelei. In this case, the Maasai themselves decided the best solution would be to pipe in water from the village of Mto wa mbu, 25 km’s west and had already started collecting money amongst the community members. When ARF was presented with a plan and costing, we were able to contribute the missing funds out of village fees collected through the cultural tourism program and donations received from visitors. (more…)